Electric Multiple-Unit Cars
The Metroliner was a modern, high-speed electric train designed by the PRR and Penn Central. These cars are no longer in use today, but Amtrak has converted some of them into cab cars for push-pull trains.
PC 607 was one of the fleet of MP54 electric MU cars operated in commuter and intercity service by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Penn Central. While the car looks worse for the wear, it is now in safe hands, as it is part of the collection of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg, PA. Photo by Harriet Beckman, November 1999. (74 K)
These three photos are of an MP54 just outside the Conrail/Chessie Bayview yard in Baltimore, MD, in the spring of 1986. The next day it was gone. The car is believed to be number 679, which was sent to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum around that same time. According to the Museum, they did not money to restore the car, which was in pretty bad shape when it arrived. It was scrapped in 1994. All three photos are by Ray Molesworth; background information by Jim Reaves.
Also in Trenton, and on the same day as the previous picture, we also find MP54 662, painted for Penn Central. It appears that this MP54's days of revenue service are behind it. Photo by Gary Stuebben. (68 K)
Washington Terminal, partially owned by the Penn Central and the operator of Washington Union Station and the surrounding terminal trackage, owned this MP54, which was numbered 300 and painted dark blue with white striping. Reportedly, it was used to shuttle crew members between the Ivy City engine terminal and the Washington Union Station passenger terminal. They must have purchased this car from the PC, but it is unknown if it was during the PC era or afterwards. Either way, here is the car, seen at the Ivy City engine terminal, Washington, D.C., in March of 1977. Photo by Gary Stuebben. (118 K)
Ex-New Haven MUs
New Haven's newer MU cars were these Pullman-Standard cars, nicknamed "Washboards" for their fluted sides. Seen on the ex-New Haven electrified main line in October 1972. From the Stephen Foster collection. (96 K)
Metro-North later converted PC car 1077 into a work car with a side door. Here is the car after its conversion on a siding just north of Croton-on-Hudson, NY in October of 1997. Photo by John W. (22 K)